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Thursday, June 15

10:30am EDT

Video for Every Budget
Video is an increasingly important part of any institution’s online presence, regardless of the industry, but undertaking the production of videos for your organization can be a daunting task. In this session we’ll talk about some common strategies for achieving your goals, whether that means brushing up on your own skills or learning how to work with contractors. Sam Smartt is a documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film & Media in the Communication Arts and Sciences department at Calvin College.

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Samuel Smartt

Documentary Filmmaker & Assistant Professor of Film and Media, Calvin College

Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
Oakwood B

1:00pm EDT

Information Literacy Assessment Through Digital Badging
As part of a larger ePortfolio project within our Graduate School of Theology at Oklahoma Christian University, we are incorporating digital badging as a means for acknowledging and assessing student achievement in information literacy, a University core learning outcome. Our use of digital badges reflects recent trends to “gamify” learning, opening possibilities for creative instruction and robust assessment. Specifically, badges empower us to better assess reference interactions, research strategies, bibliography construction, information literacy components in larger projects, information ethics, and the development of research habits for lifelong learning. At the ATLA 2017 Conference, we hope to share how digital badging can empower better assessment of information literacy outcomes in theological education.


Josh Bailey

Program Director for the Graduate School of Theology, Oklahoma Christian University

Chris Rosser

Theological Librarian, Oklahoma Christian University

Thursday June 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Friday, June 16

1:00pm EDT

Can Amazon Actually Help the Library? Implementing Amazon Web Services in Theological Libraries
This session focuses on the use of Amazon's innovative web services (AWS) in libraries. The presentation is framed as an argument that embracing this suite of services from Amazon, increasingly the core of its business, will help librarians understand Amazon to be more of a savior than a threat to academic libraries, as it is often understood. Included are demonstrations of how libraries can leverage the relatively affordable offerings of Amazon Web Services, including S3, Glacier storage, EC2 web servers, to solve the challenges libraries face in the digital age. The argument is based on the experience of the Pitts Theology Library’s implementation of AWS for web development, archival storage, and digital information literacy instruction. The hands-on session will show librarians how AWS can help them not only offload information technology needs, but to drive down costs, increase the flexibility of their digital assets, and foster their on-staff skills of software development.


Richard Manly Adams, Jr.

Head of Public Services, Systems and Reference Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University

Friday June 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Conference Center

1:00pm EDT

UX Research Outcomes & Virtual Reality Consultations
Join us for a group discussion on current student engagement with library services and a vision for the future that includes patron consultations on emerging technologies such as virtual reality. Dialogue around current student engagement will begin with a summary of findings from three usability studies conducted at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library. The future of student engagement will then be considered through a pilot initiative that circulates hardware and curates content for virtual reality experiences. The session will then be opened up for audience members to share related usability and emerging technology projects in their respective libraries.

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Tim Gallati

User Research Librarian (Student Assistant), Andover-Harvard Theological Library
I am a mid-career librarian with a background in analytics and user experience research in corporate and academic settings. Currently, I am an M.Div. candidate at Harvard Divinity School and I am working in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library focusing in user experience research... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Oakwood B
Saturday, June 17

9:00am EDT

From Reference to Research: Rebuilding, Redesigning, and Relaunching Research Services at Asbury Theological Seminary
This session will demonstrate how Research Services is different from traditional reference services and the benefits that this change has brought. The change is in its first year of existence and the findings are fresh and "hot off of the press." Attendees will learn the benefits of having at least two professional research librarians and of having limited, yet dedicated, scheduled hours for patron interaction as well as small scheduled workshops


Thad Horner

Research and Digital Resources Librarian, Asbury Theological Seminary

Saturday June 17, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Oakwood A

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